- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Firefighters rescue 2 men from flooded ditch

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) - Firefighters have rescued two men whose truck rolled into a flooded ditch in southeastern Wisconsin.

Germantown Fire Chief Gary Weiss says the men are lucky they didn’t end up upside down, because they could have drowned.

The rollover happened Wednesday morning on Highway 41/45 as another round of storms passed through southern Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1lAArm1http://bit.ly/1lAArm1 ) reports it took firefighters about a half-hour to rescue the men. Firefighters had to deal with chest-high water in the ditch from heavy rainfall and crossed the ditch by laying ladders across the water to the truck.

Both men were hurt but are expected to survive.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.comhttp://www.jsonline.com

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Southern Wisconsin cleans up after storms

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Homeowners and repair crews cleaned up and restored electricity Wednesday after another round of severe storms hammered southern Wisconsin, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and flooding streets.

Authorities said they received no reports of any injuries. The storm surged into the Madison area during the morning commute just before 8 a.m., dumping sheets of rain that reduced visibility on Interstate 94 to less than 100 yards. Drivers stopped under overpasses or along the highway’s shoulders to wait out the deluge.

Damage in Madison, Cottage Grove and Sun Prairie on Wednesday morning was sporadic, said Dane County Emergency Management specialist Carrie Meier. At least five houses and five vehicles in Sun Prairie were damaged by fallen trees, county officials said. State emergency management officials said the National Weather Service confirmed either straight-line winds or a microburst - an intense, localized downdraft - occurred in Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove.

Numerous trees were uprooted in a neighborhood on the far west side of Madison, including one that crushed a van in a driveway and others that blocked streets. Traffic lights were out in downtown Madison and police closed several streets.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning based on radar readings, but Meier said a tornado didn’t touch down. State emergency officials said winds reached maximum speeds of only 55 mph but the soil was so moist that the winds were able to knock down trees and power lines.

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